Movers and Shakers

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Tom Brewington was promoted from vice president to president of Unified Marine Inc.

"I have been searching for several years to find the right person to fill the position of president since Mr. Steven Taugher passed away in December of 2005," CEO and owner David Nirenberg said in a statement.

Brewington worked for Unified Marine for seven years before leaving the company in 2002. At the time, he was vice president of sales and managed the company's outside sales force.

He returned to Unified Marine in July 2008. In his recent role of vice president, Brewington has directed numerous positive changes related to business growth such as upgrading the management team through new hires and adding a team of territory field managers, according to Nirenberg.

Brewington also implemented numerous upgrades and increased space for research and development at the Newport, Tenn., property where Unified Marine relocated in 2006.

This month, another warehouse was added to house bulk storage, kitting and packaging and the manufacturing of Mighty Mite Anchors. Plans are in place to increase light manufacturing for other products once needed machinery is purchased. With the additional warehouse space, total footage will increase to more than 60,000 square feet.

Nirenberg will remain CEO, but all day-to-day operations will be handled by Brewington.

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Xantrex Technology, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, appointed Matthew Campbell as manager of corporate communications.

Campbell, previously serving as marketing manager of the company's mobile division with responsibility for North American marine, recreational RV and commercial vehicles, now assumes an expanded role for overall corporate communications for both the mobile and renewable divisions.

He now directs all corporate public relations, media relations and internal communication initiatives. In addition, Campbell is managing the company's global rebranding strategy including overseeing the comprehensive Web migration to Schneider Electric.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to expand my role at Xantrex, while still remaining actively engaged in marine activities," Campbell said in a statement. "These are exciting times for Xantrex as we become Schneider Electric and refocus on the future of our company."

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Laura Burgess Marketing, of Portsmouth, N.H., added Eric Burgess, co-owner and partner, and Ashley Burgess, senior marketing/communications manager, to its team. They will be responsible for driving the firm's revenue growth, market expansion into the boating and fishing markets and new service offerings for all markets.

"With Eric's strategic organizational knowledge, and lifelong experience with all things nautical, and Ashley's [marketing /communications] experience, especially with new media formats such as Twitter and Facebook, we're really looking forward to expanding our new and current services to the boating and fishing markets," company founder and president Laura Burgess said in a statement.

Eric Burgess has been a silent partner in the firm since it was founded in 2003. A lifelong fisherman and boater, he brings more than 30 years of managerial, organizational, IT and finance experience, as well as a knowledge of the boating and fishing markets. Prior to Laura Burgess Marketing, he had implemented new technology at Little Harbor Windows Company and James M. Taylor Furniture.

A graduate of Babson College, Ashley Burgess joins the firm with more than three years experience in marketing communications and public relations.

Prior to joining Laura Burgess Marketing, she was a marketing specialist at Bullhorn Inc., where she was responsible for organizing events and trade shows, as well as balancing its social media platform. Ashley Burgess began her career as the assistant dockmaster at the Portsmouth Yacht Club, where she obtained her launch tender license from the U.S. Coast Guard to operate uninspected vessels.

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Gavan Hunt joined Cobalt Boats as vice president of sales and marketing.

Hunt has more than 20 years of marine industry experience, and previously served as director of dealer development for Cobalt in the late 1990s.

"We are truly excited to have Gavan back on our team," company CEO Paxson St. Clair said in a statement. "His passion for our industry, dealer relationships and sales effectiveness will help Cobalt navigate these challenging times and grow our business going forward."

Neodesha, Kan.-based Cobalt manufactures luxury sportboats and yachts ranging from 21 to 46 feet.

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In conjunction with its move to a larger office in Chesapeake, Va., Donald L. Blount and Associates added naval architect Jack Funkhouser to its staff.

"The larger office space, along with the availability of great talent, has allowed us to expand our capabilities," said Robert Bartee, vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

He said the downturn of the marine production market allowed DLBA to expand resources for providing engineering services to manufacturers to supplement their technical staff as the market emerges.

Funkhouser is a 10-year veteran of production boat design. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and brings strong naval architectural skills to the firm's designs direct from the production shop floors, according to Bartee.

"Assimilation of my skills and knowledge into the technology-rich staff at DLBA will enhance the value of design services offered to builders of composite boats and craft," Funkhouser said in a statement.

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The Egg Harbor Group of Egg Harbor City, N.J., appointed Richard Horan as a regional sales manager for the Northeastern United States. He will be responsible for the territories of Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Horan, of Guilford, Conn., brings 25 years of sales experience to his new role. The Egg Harbor Group consists of Davis Yachts, Egg Harbor Yachts, Buddy Davis Edition, Topaz and Predator.

"I am excited to be aboard and look forward to bringing my extensive sales and customer service experience to the company," Horan said in a statement. "My goal is to be able to meet with each and every dealer and decision maker in my territory."

This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.

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